Bronze Liturgical Cross on a Chain
Circa 6th-9th Century AD
Description: Wide-armed cross cut from a single sheet of hammered bronze with raised central circular boss. The cross is pierced at the top and bottom and attached to original bronze chains. Most likely an attachment from a liturgical object such as a polycandelon, lamp, or incense burner. Very nice example of ancient metalwork.
Height: 6.75 in (17.1 cm) from end to end of chain.
Condition: Intact as shown.
Background: The polycandelon was a predecessor to the modern chandelier. It consisted of a large round plate, hanging from a smaller bronze disc, which was suspended on chains from the vault or ceiling of a church.
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of the Boston scholar Carroll Wales, collected 1952-1970.
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